ElevationAscent: 2,603' 794 m
Descent: -2,604' -794 m
High: 4,441' 1,353 m
Low: 2,826' 861 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“It got its name for a reason – the views and remote location make this trek well worth the effort.”— Jessie Morris
Bring plenty of water for the stretch between Pete Lake (& the lake crossing) to Spectacle Lake - this stretch can be especially hot and dry in summer months.
If you visit during the summer months, bring plenty of bug spray - the mosquitoes can be nearly unbearable.
At about 5.5 miles in, you'll cross Lemah Creek - depending on water levels, this could be challenging even for experienced runners. Be sure to bring strap-able sandals with you to keep your boots dry, and add in trekking poles for balance. There is a 2.7-mile detour you can navigate (not documented here) if the water is too high to cross here.
With a brief overlap on the PCT, during this stretch you'll cut through barren land stripped by an old forest fire. Shortly after departing from the PCT, you'll catch glimpses of Spectacle Lake and the surrounding area with Chikamin Peak and Lemah Mountain as the lake's backdrop.
As you approach the lake on the Spectacle Lake Trail, you'll find various social trails strewn about, but most of the campsites are clustered on a hilly isthmus that juts out into the lake. And you can find a privy perched on a hillside above the south side of the lake.
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